Orpheus Opens Central Park Series with Mozart, Grieg and Bartók

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On Tuesday, June 19 at 7:30 pm, WQXR kicked off a summer of outdoor events with a live broadcast from the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performed a program of Rossini, Grieg, Bartok and Mozart.

The concert kicked off a new season of Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, a series that has provided New Yorkers with alfresco performances continuously since 1905.

Listen to the full concert above, hosted by Midge Woolsey, and see a photo slideshow below of the opening concert.

Music Playlist

  1. Il Signor Bruschino Overture

  2. Holberg Suite, Opus 40

  3. Symphony No. 29 in A major, K 201

  4. Romanian Folk Dances

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra violist Daniel Panner warms up next to the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Orpheus opened the 107th season of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts on June 19, 2012.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra violist Daniel Panner warms up next to the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Orpheus opened the 107th season of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts on June 19, 2012. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Not an empty seat in sight.
Not an empty seat in sight. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
WQXR's Midge Woolsey hosts the live broadcast of the concert, amid the sounds of helicopters, birds and a nearby exercise class.
WQXR's Midge Woolsey hosts the live broadcast of the concert, amid the sounds of helicopters, birds and a nearby exercise class. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
A beautiful evening for Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite.
A beautiful evening for Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra makes its Naumburg Bandshell debut.
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra makes its Naumburg Bandshell debut. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Violinist Eric Wyrick (center) takes a bow as the concertmaster for Grieg's Holberg Suite. Orpheus performs without a conductor and rotates musical leadership for each piece.
Violinist Eric Wyrick (center) takes a bow as the concertmaster for Grieg's Holberg Suite. Orpheus performs without a conductor and rotates musical leadership for each piece. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Midge Woolsey interviews violist Nardo Poy and violinist Ronnie Bauch (center) during intermission.
Midge Woolsey interviews violist Nardo Poy and violinist Ronnie Bauch (center) during intermission. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Twilight in Central Park as Orpheus performs Mozart's Symphony No. 29.
Twilight in Central Park as Orpheus performs Mozart's Symphony No. 29. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
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